First we had torrential rain and high winds:
|I'm half tempted to make this photo into the new blog frontispiece, it's just so.... random.|
|That red dot at photo center is our recycle rolly-cart about which I blogged previously. It's 250 feet west of where we left it the night before.|
Our security cameras told the tale:
|All is normal as of about 3:00 a.m. |
One trash and one recycle can are where they need to be (my husband put out the recycle can last night by accident... recyclables are only collected on Wednesdays).
|Uh-oh. The recycle can bites the dust, and you can see that the trash can has moved its position, although it's still upright.|
|Trash and recycle cans are now on the lam. Given the torrential rain, the camera image is a bit fuzzy so this is difficult to see, but by this time, the entire street was under water.|
|Recycle can now has a sizeable lead...|
|Going, going, going, gone...|
|...only to be followed by the larger 96-gallon trash can.|
And we here in Section 9 never got our electricity back until 10:00 a.m. this morning. I think it was off for about seven hours.
Point of wisdom from Centerpointe's original developer - I remember him saying this during one of the previous POA meetings: Don't ever allow anything to plug any of the inlet grates in Centerpointe. This is a fairly new subdivision and generally speaking, it was hydraulically engineered to handle the kind of rain we had last night - about five inches in just a few hours. However, if any of the grates were ever to get plugged, flooding could result. I can't find a good URL for this, but a few years ago, part of the South Loop flooded significantly and it appeared to have occurred largely because a major inlet got plugged by cardboard boxes. It looked as if perhaps some of the local businesses had stacked some cardboard in their yards, and it got swept away by rains. The blockage resulted in a massive mess with many cars and buildings being put under water. So watch out for front-yard lawn furniture, childrens toys, recyled cardboard and other materials set out for pickup, etc. that could mobilize in a heavy storm and cause the same type of water back-up here.
To further underscore the importance of good subdivision drainage, let me share a bit of additional information and history here.
Back in April 2009, before we decided to build in Centerpointe, we were house-shopping in a different League City neighborhood and got caught in a rainstorm of similar intensity to the one that occurred on Friday. This photo shows the unhappy result:
I'm not going to identify the subdivision where this atrocity occurred (it wasn't Centerpointe), but the maker of this YouTube video below identifies it.
Moral of the story once again: Don't ever let anything interfere with subdivision drainage. I don't know what caused the problem shown here, but clearly, something was a massive problem.